IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.

James Cummings
Mendon Twp.

James Cummings, car repairer for Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, North McGregor, was born at Port Glascow, Scotland, Jan. 23, 1830, a son of William and Agnes (Cain) Cummings, members of the Scotch Presbyterian church. They had a family of six children; five lived to be men and women. James, subject of this sketch, was the eldest son and third child; when six years of age he removed with his parents to County Antrim, North Ireland, where he reamined until twelve, when his father died. He then came with his aunt to America, landed at Quebec, Canada, thence to Plattsburg, N.Y., where he farmed until his marriage to Hannah J. Moore, on Aug. 13, 1853. She was born in the city of Troy, N.Y., and was a daughter of Samuel Moore, a wealthy machinist and foundry man of Troy. After his marriage in 1855, Mr. Cummings came to McGregor and settled on a farm on section 7, Mendon Township, where he lived until 1861, then moved to Wisconsin and enlisted in Company C, Forty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, and remained in the service until the close of the war. He then returned to McGregor, and began to work for George Keen, in his foundry in North McGregor; he worked there one year, then began to work in the car shops for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. In spring of 1859, with a John Hamilton, Nathaniel Lawson and William Reed, went overland to Pike's Peak, Col., where they remained five months. Mr. and Mrs. Cummings are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church of North McGregor; he is Steward, Class-Leader and Superintendent of Sunday school in this church. They have had three children, two living-- William; who married Henrietta Brooks, learned telegraphing in North McGregor and was conductor of way freight on the Manitoba Railway; and Sarah J., wife of George B. Freeman, engineer of 128 engine, Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Mr. Cummings owns a lot and two houses in McGregor. He is one of the old settlers and representative men of McGregor. He is agent for F. F. Munson, dealer in sand, of Chicago. In politics, he is a Republican; he is also a member of I.O.O.F., Itasca Lodge, No. 111, McGregor. He has been School Director, and always took an active interest in the schools and all that interested his town.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 974-975
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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